November 16, 2020

Zynga Announces New Game Studio in its Austin Office

Studio Will Focus on Development of Upcoming Star Wars Mobile Game

SAN FRANCISCO — November 16, 2020 – Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), a global leader in interactive entertainment, today announced the opening of a brand-new game development studio based out of Zynga’s Austin, TX office. The studio will primarily focus on partnering with NaturalMotion, a Zynga-subsidiary, to develop Zynga’s upcoming premier mobile game set in the Star Wars universe.

Led by game industry veterans Jeff Hickman and Matthew Hemby, the new studio is looking to hire 25 new employees across every role, with a focus on recruiting studio-level leadership. Among the list of new hire targets will be Technical Director, Design Director and Lead Level Designer. The new studio will collaborate closely with BossAlien, a division of NaturalMotion based out of Brighton, England which has been leading development on the upcoming Star Wars game. For a full list of current job openings in the studio, please visit

“As a longtime Austinite, I know firsthand the immense level of talent and creativity that resides in this beautiful city,” said Jeff Hickman, Senior Vice President, Games. “We believe that the Austin talent market is highly compatible with our mission of bringing AAA console visuals and deep, compelling gameplay to mobile platforms.

Zynga was named the Top Mobile Game Maker for both 2019 and 2020 by who called Zynga “the shining example of a fast-growing, successful mobile developer with an exciting future ahead.” Zynga Inc. and its family of worldwide studios continue to work cohesively in identifying advantageous benefits, a culture that promotes a healthy work/life balance, and positive initiatives that help employees to feel supported both professionally and personally.

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Zynga is a global leader in interactive entertainment with a mission to connect the world through games. To date, more than one billion people have played Zynga’s franchises including CSR Racing™, Empires & Puzzles™, Merge Dragons!™, Merge Magic!™, Toon Blast™, Toy Blast™, Words With Friends™ and Zynga Poker™. Zynga’s games are available in more than 150 countries and are playable across social platforms and mobile devices worldwide. Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in San Francisco with locations in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, India, Turkey and Finland. For more information, visit or followZynga on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or the Zynga blog.

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